Position series - Running backs

Cardinal Authority is running a position series as a new preseason football feature to help you get familiar with the entire University of Louisville roster. The seventh day of the series takes a look at the running back position.


It's the position battle every University of Louisville fan has been watching throughout the first few weeks of the fall camp – running back.

Dominique Brown and Jeremy Wright were the leaders returning from last season, while Senorise Perry has mainly being a special teams performer in his first two years. Corvin Lamb is a promising redshirt freshman, while Brandon Radcliff is a true freshman with a ton of talent.

Wright, Brown and Perry appear to be the three the coaches will pick a starter from coming out of fall camp. Lamb has been slowed by a wrist injury, while Radcliff also suffered a sprained ankle last weekend.

"It's really hard to separate," offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said. "One day, one of those guys will have a good day and the next day it will be one of the other guys. It's been great competition. We're going to let this thing go on through the week before we even think about naming a starter."

Watson and running backs coach Kenny Carter said the competition between the five players competing for playing time has helped the depth at the position.

"They have all made each other better," Watson said. "You can't rest. You can't take a day off. They each respect each other and they each have a different strong suit that they bring to the table. But the competition is great. If you lose a day, you get left behind. When there is competition, that is when you start to really get it."

U of L head coach Charlie Strong said during Big East media days that he wanted to find a featured running back during fall camp.

It appears that might not happen. Watson said the staff will name a starter but that it's likely all three guys will play and sometimes they might use two at a time.

"We talk about it all the time," Watson said. "We talk about roles they can play. We have to get those guys on the field. We need to develop some packages for them too. We can put two of those guys on the field at the same time."

Carter said he feels like every guy in the position battle has the potential to be "a home-run hitter for us." Brown is more physical, while Perry is the speedster and Wright has a good combination of both.

"We have five running backs that each one of them have a different quality," Strong said. "We have enough guys there. Dominique is big and powerful. Jeremy is a guy that can make you miss. Corvin Lamb is built low to the ground just like Radcliff where they can run and they can power run through guys.

"The potential is there for a bunch of those guys."

Even starting center Mario Benavides said he would have a hard time picking a starter out of the bunch of running backs.

"As far as talent goes, it could be any of those guys," Benavides said.


Senorise Perry, junior

The speedy Perry has been mainly a special teams performer – and a good one – during his first two years in the program.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Perry only carried the ball 12 times as a sophomore but he had a fantastic spring and has followed it up with a strong fall camp,

Perry, who said he likely would be a "4.2 40"-yard dash guy if he was timed now, led the Louisville rushing attack – statistically – during the second scrimmage of the fall, according to running back coach Kenny Carter.

Perry has played well enough that the coaches and other members of the team have really been talking him up to the media.

He has a chance to be the starter and if not, will still get plenty of carries and the expectations are really high for him this season.


Brandon Radcliff, freshman

The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Radcliff comes from Miami Columbus and was a third-team All-State performer last season in the Sunshine State.

The likelihood is that Radcliff will be redshirted because of the depth at the position but from everything we've heard he had a stellar fall camp.

Radcliff is a strong and powerful runner and several defensive players have remarked that he's the toughest back to bring down.

If his ankle injury isn't too bad, there's still a chance Radcliff will see time.


*Brown is the leading returning rusher with 533 yards and four touchdowns last season, while Wright finished with 334 yards and one score.

*Perry carried 12 times for 27 yards and one TD. He also averaged 26.2 yards on eight kickoff returns and had 11 tackles on special teams.


*Watch later today for a feature on Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright.

*The position series will continue tomorrow with quarterbacks.

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